Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1977-02-26
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New Minglewood Blues
They Love Each Other
Playing In The Band ->
The Wheel ->
Playing In The Band
Samson And Delilah
The Music Never Stopped
Help On The Way ->
The Promised Land
Eyes Of The World ->
Dancing In The Street ->
Around And Around
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|They Love Each Other|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|The Wheel ->|
|Playing In The Band|
|Samson And Delilah|
|The Music Never Stopped|
|Help On The Way -> Slipknot! ->|
|The Promised Land|
|Eyes Of The World ->|
|Dancing In The Street ->|
|Around & Around|
* Sound Forge 5.0 peak normalization to 98%.
* Tuning and stage chatter has been preserved.
* SBE's fixed with TLH by trailmix 3-12-07
- 2008-03-17 14:36:00
- 7" Betty Board Reel @ 7 1/2 ips > PCM501ES > DBX Type 1 decoder > PCM501ES analog out > Fostex D5 @ 48kHz > Fostex D5 optical S/PDIF out (Jace's tape) > disk (Tim Deibert)
- San Bernardino, CA
- Betty Soundboard
- Taped by
- Betty Cantor
- Transferred by
- Jace and Tim Diebert
- Swing Auditorium
Subject: Trailmix. ♡♡♡♡♡☆☆☆☆☆◇◇◇◇◇
Subject: ...and the music plays the band
You won't find a more aggressive "Around & Around" anywhere. One of those rockers where you think Bobby's going to blow the roof off the joint, and ruin his vocal chords for good. Many Thanks to Betty C. for all the great board recordings in the 70s. And thanks to Tim and friends for the fine-tuning and upload!
Subject: My First G.D. Show
Subject: Own This TOWN!!!
Subject: Answer to monksbird
Monksbird may have saved the planet with his quick thinking!!!
I know of the snacky food you can buy at the store, but if this recording is a matrix, there is no mention of the other source. Unless I am missing something.....
Subject: tops 5 star , check out matrix !!!
like a kid in the candy shop, sugar on snow !!!!
help>slip>frank>Music on and on...................
4 me this is the "breakpoint" 4 the DEAD , this being the 1ST terripin, estimated and 1 other,
sorta pre 2/26/77 and post 2/26/77
a good place to "cut the deck" if one could do so.
1 of the finest matrixes everenjoy my bookmarks
Subject: swing auditorioum
looking back I wish I would have seen them earlier on and didnt stop going to the concerts , i loved it , but started a family bla bla bla ...
lol , long live the grateful dead , the real greatest rock n roll band , or whatever band they were !! gonna see Bobby and Phil with furthur in santa barbara next month , pretty excited for that
peace everyone , I love reading the reviews and stuff fellow dead heads say , the best man ...
Subject: Amazing Start To '77
Subject: Worthy of its reputation
So I approached 2/26/77 with this same attitude...and boy was my paradigm proven wrong. This show is every bit as magnificent as Barton Hall. The sound quality is quite good, but the band is just playing completely together during the whole show. Jerry's solos are well formed and come straight from his heart. Truly amazing Help>Slip>Franklins, that's for sure.
There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, and there is nothing like a '77 show. The booming punch of Phil's flat-picked Alembic bass; the bright metallic sound of Jerry's aluminum-necked Travis Bean guitar and Fender Twin Reverb amp; Keith's beautifully constructed piano phrasing; Bobby's thin rhythm chime; and the hypnotically in-sync Mickey and Billy make '77 my favorite year. Thanks for capturing this moment of greatness Betty.
Subject: HHHH...Half Hippies, Half Hell's Angels
Subject: terrapin opener
beautiful betty board (BBB)
Subject: Keith tears it up!
Subject: Swing Aud 2.26.1977
The entire show is a gem
My 1st three tapes as a beginning head were Park City UT Aug 20 , 1987 . Richfield OH March 14 , 1993 & March 11 , 1993 Rosemont IL
Months later I was given this , Kezar 73 and a couple other things . Thanks again Barry for giving me some prime Dead as a beginner in those years
Subject: GD firster for me in my home town !
Subject: St. Stephen Tease
Subject: Only show with no drums and Jerry into a Moog I ever saw!
The Swing was a strangely built building for a concert! (By the way it no longer exists because apparently a plane crashed into it after E.L.P., being the last band to play there shortly after Grateful Dead played there in Dec. '80; (which was also a great show, and the only one I ever passed out at, but that's another story)! (What the hell does E.L.P. have to do with it, nothing other than the coincidence which I explain below). The following if you'll bare with me, is some historical context of this show and as you know, it started a new era for the band, in addition to simply the new compositions that is, also new devices facilitating the new compositions etc.
Starting with what is simply weird about the Swing but of lesser significance, since it's only noticeably on the audience tape; I got from a fellow who recorded from "a" balcony. Why I saw "a" balcony is because, there were only balconies on either side, yet not in the back like most rectangular buildings, such as, for example, Winterland or the Oakland Aud. (Kiaser). Those had their long axis running to and from the stage.
The Swing on the other hand, was at a 90 degree angle to more common configuration, i.e. it's width was much longer than it's length from the stage towards the audience. Hence, the audience tape I had before the "Betty Board" came out, sounded very lopsided! Despite this, it had an uncut "Franklin's Tower" unlike the first board I got! However, unfortunately the fellow from whom I got my first board copy, was unwilling to let me do the dub it myself, yet he didn't pay enough attention to the contents of recordings were prior to copying it. So consequentially, I lost the intact audience "Franklin's Tower" having been recorded over with the board which was cut in "Franklin's Tower". So, I was relieved that it's been patched here!
What's more significant but not readily apparent, is the mention of "technical difficulties" by Bob Weir early in the first set; (not that equipment delays were very unusual but this one was unique). That is, here Steve Parish was rigging Garcia into a Moog synthesizer which Keith played ever so briefly!
One gets the distinct impression that Keith apparently disliked electric keyboards. This is understandable given how primitive synthesizers were at this early time! Moreover Billy K. was interviewed in B.A.M. magazine around the time of Brent's first show, stating there was room for improvement in the technology which came since obviously they used them extensively later on. How much did this have to do or not with Keith's eventual exit from the band? I did hear something when Brent came in the band, that they were looking for "more sustain", as can be produced with electric keyboards.
Other evidence for this is a show a Texas later this same year, but I wasn't in attendance so I can't say for sure yet Keith seems to have left the stage after very briefly playing an "electric" during the beginning of "Playin' in the Band"? (Perhaps it's not appropriate to characterize Keith in this way since at least the following year he played for example, at the outdoor show at my alma mater when I was a freshman, at U.C. Santa Barbara, an electric "Fender Rhodes" piano), as well as an organ on a few tunes during his first rehearsals in '71.
So, back to Garcia, who just started using the "Unity Gain" effects loop into his volume knob on his guitar five months prior to this, at the show the day before my first show (i.e. the 1st one with "The Who" at Oakland Stadium" 1976/10/9). Here at the Swing was the first use of the new "Mutron" envelope filter, (synthesizer-like device), which still at this early time apparently had to be piped through a Moog synthesizer, configured as such for this debut of "Estimated Prophet" yet it was odd to see Jerry plugged into Keith!
Now, I'm not saying Dead Heads in general feel as my personal friends at the time did who weren't too enthused by bands such as E.L.P. which among others used synthesizers extensively, however I was more open minded. I remember pointing out to my friend as Steve Parish was plugging Jerry into the Moog since we were up in the front of this $7.50 general admission concert.
The state of the art at the time was that synthesizers could only play a single note at a time i.e. monophonic, and only Keith Emerson at the time had a keyboard capable of polphony until later. Another coincidence, is that the only other famous professional guitarist that I ever saw play live using a "Travis Bean" guitar besides Jerry Garcia was Greg Lake, (Jerry's had a sticker on it saying "The enemy is listening"); not that that has anything to do with it but it is still true!
Some of you may remember around '89ish when briefly, (which I only saw once at The Forum in Inglewood, Ca.), Parish bring out a gray Stratocaster with a big box, (Roland Synthesizer?), attached to the bridge for Jerry to noodle on during the "Improvisation" section; (I refuse to call it "Space", since there is no air in outer space, hence no sound). I knew folks who felt this is one of the best early renditions of "Slipknot!" I myself am kind of bias, since it was the only one I saw before they brought it back out at Tempe, Ariz. in '83!
Subject: Taking me places!
This is defiantly one i wish i was alive for